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Brock Monument in Queenston Heights, Niagara

Brock Monument is the grave of former British General Sir Isaac Brock.

He was our famous General. Successfully defended British Canada against the Americans during the War of 1812.

With his men charging up the hill with his men. Happened during the Battle of Queenston Heights. An American sniper rose from the bushes and shot him down.

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Charles Manson Was Never in West Virginia Penitentiary

Some say the infamous murderer Charles Manson once stayed at West Virginia Penitentiary. 

He didn’t. But his connection is strong… his mother, Kathleen Maddox.

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Death of RD Wall | Murdered in the Basement of West Virginia Penitentiary

RD Wall was a prisoner. Maintenance clerk and popular inmate inside West Virginia Penitentiary.

Calmly serving his time. Getting along with prisoners and guards.  As happy as an inmate could be… until some new transfers arrived.

Warning… things get brutal

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Last Public Hanging at West Virginia Penitentiary | Violence of Frank Hyer

June 19 1931, Frank Hyer was about to be hanged for killing his wife.  Seeing the condemned before his execution surprised officials… he was happy.

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Death of William Red Snyder at West Virginia Penitentiary

William “Red” Snyder was a very violent man.  Born in 1946.  Then starting with arson in his 20’s.  Over time escalating.  He’d serve time in many prisons.

Released on parole from West Virginia Penitentiary in 1967.  One day later he killed 2 men.

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Torture of Inmates inside West Virginia Penitentiary

Only 10 years open when stories of inhumane punishment and torture was told to the newspaper, the Cincinnati Enquirer on November 30, 1886.  Former West Virginia Penitentiary Assistant Superintendent named Wilkerson had seen enough. 

After leaving he exposed accounts of violence done on inmates.

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Dark Tourism put Moundsville, West Virginia on the Ghost Map

Two notable dark tourism sites stand across the street from each other in Moundsville, West Virginia.

On the west side is North America’s largest native burial mound at 65 feet high.  On the east side, the United States most haunted prison, West Virginia Pen.

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Trans Allegheny Asylum | Ghost Stories

The resident ghost of Trans Allegheny Asylum is Lily. The cute little girl ghost loved by many visitors. It’s why they try to find her. And if quiet, still leaving a toy behind.

Then a reason to not be a security guard in a haunted place.

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American Horror Story Doctor is Real | Dr. Walter Freeman

A famed American surgeon named Dr. Walter Freeman created a special Lobotomy.  This made him famous, then infamous. They called it the “ice pick lobotomy”. 

This method did not need drilling. Instead entering the skull by use of a long, sharp pick slid through the eye-socket.

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Quick History of Trans Allegheny Insane Asylum | Weston, West Virginia

Built between 1858 and 1881 on the “Kirkbride Plan”.  A plan based on modern cures. Kindness and morality. Trans Allegheny was setup to allow tons of sunlight and provide comfort.

Didn’t take long to screw this over.